Have you heard of Major League Gaming? No, it's not basketball, it's not gambling, h-ll, it's not even a sport! But guess what, it's something that ESPN have jumped on and have announced that they will provide world wide coverage to millions of viewer's world wide.
What is this exciting new world wide phenomenon that has as much physical presence as Barry White? Video Games!! Video Games!! I had to repeat myself there just incase you thought it was a typing error.
A typing error I admit not. This editorial is not to blast ESPN or its new found sporting endeavor; it's to question the process of thought behind such a decision.
Video Games & Obesity
As the outside community is suffering its worst epidemic (obesity), we are subjected to watch people sit on their @sses and play video games. It's bad enough that we have to be subjected to poker tournaments, but now we have computer games to torment our once active souls... on a sports channel, ha!
Is it just me, am I missing the point, or is this the sign of things to come for our new generation? In 5 years time I guess that watching people mold balloon figures, or mother and daughter knitting against the clock will be our activity of enjoyment... on the sports channel, ha!
Extracurricular supplements aside, rumor has it that bodybuilders have to take pride in the nutritional requirements and daily activities to jump onstage and display their years of toil and hard work. These professional "athletes" have to maintain a discipline of frequent, healthy foods and supplements, and are required to weight train on almost a daily basis whilst perfecting a tradition of various cardio regimes every waking day.
This is an extremely difficult "sport" to participate in if you count on being regarded as one of the best. Even if you don't have a passion or regard for this pastime, I am sure you can acknowledge that it is at least a very active commitment from its participants and thus can be classed as a sport.
I would like you to look at the two pictures below and ask yourself, who better a role model for our next generation - exhibit A, or exhibit B.
So I ask you, and ESPN, what in the world is going through your mind when you shun bodybuilding to the outer perimeters of the sporting world and not even value it enough to provide coverage clips, yet the World Gaming League get its own regular time slot? After all, I was beginning to think you were a channel that covered sports, apparently I was wrong.
I don't have the answers, but maybe you do. Please share your thoughts on this!